FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
— I’ve been advised to have a colonoscopy - should I be worried about bowel cancer?
A colonoscopy is a common procedure carried out to detect a range of problems. Most people who have one do not have bowel cancer. However, it can help to detect bowel cancer at its earliest stage.
— What is recovery like?
A colonoscopy is typically carried out as a day case, meaning you can return home the same day. Immediately after the procedure, you will be taken into a recovery room until you feel well enough to leave. You may feel a little bloated, and if you have had a polyp removed, there may be a little bleeding from your rectum. These symptoms will clear up quickly.
— Is it painful?
You shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure, though you may feel some discomfort. To counteract this, you can choose to take a sedative or painkiller if preferred.
— Are there any risks or complications?
In rare cases, a colonoscopy can lead to the following risks and complications:
- Perforation of the bowel
- Heavy bleeding from the rectum
If you experience these symptoms, you can contact Mr Woodward for advice.